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At first watch I was lightly appalled by the large amount of bloody, gore-ish, violence, but I quickly grew to love it. It has a interesting plotline, murders within a gang with a killer who doesn't mind leaving behind her perfectly shaped tracks. And I mean how many people kill with a gorgeous, bejeweled stiletto now a days? So Raina is out killing members of a gang. Why? Who freaking knows. But she does it so well that even though they know who it is(well one of the cops anyways), she remains effectively out of their grasp.
Stana portrays heartbreak and fury perfectly. And the rest of the cast does exceptionally well too. The crazy girlfriend who really just has relationship issues that she wants to fix is violent as hell. Her boyfriend is a maniacal gang killer. And their gang boss is in love with her. A perfect watch when you're really in the mood for a good action flick.
Crime boss Virgil Vadalos (Tom Berenger) miraculously survives having his belly slit open by Raina, his very determined ex-girlfriend, and brings in police detective Beck (Paul Sloan) to unofficially locate her for him. Vadalos has plenty of muscle available to do his dirty work, including his head of security Alex (William Forsythe), and Lee (Michael Biehn), but the Greek is not above getting a little blood on his hands. As Beck closes in on Raina, his partner and lover, detective Hanover (Kelly Hu), is vexed that he is not following police procedure.
In this dark journey through the criminal underworld, the early victims are mostly unknowns, but the impact is intensified by some memorable kills. Lee experiences the wonders of brain surgery, and Hanover is the subject of a picturesque headshot. The reason for Raina's rampage is finally revealed, and the ending is nicely ambiguous. Directed by Nick Valleonga, and written by Paul Sloan, there aren't really any admirable characters, but the film is certainly intense, with good performances by most, including Sloan, Katic, Biehn, and Amanda Brooks as Penny, Lee's spitfiery girlfriend. William Forsythe as usual, excels at playing a slimeball.
This is an obvious take off of Tarantino's "Kill Bill", which is a much better movie. Frankly, it needs much better editing.
Conclusion: If you want to see a good movie of this type, watch "Kill Bill". If you want to find out the skill of Stana Katic, definitely watch this movie. If you want to see how a group of actors (all female in this case) can save a bad movie, watch this.
Aside: Stana Katic never wears the cover outfit or uses the guns in the movie.
mostly just one killing after another
everybody did a lot of shooting
stana mostly knifed them with a really huge knife
the audio was bad
there was no ending
it was a lady or tiger non ending that i hated in 2nd grade and still hate
hated that teacher with her smug smile when we discovered there was no ending
this was all action and gore with a vague plot and no ending
not quite a slasher but similar
stana was nothing like beckett so stana fans should skip this
unless they want to see her in terrible makeup and with a much different fact than you see on castle
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a power full performance by Stana. She is an all around performer, and could do any role given to her.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Unless you are a Stana Katic fan you should avoid this movie!Published 4 months ago by Pam Caldwell
Tuned in as Stana Katic fan but was diappointed by the script, acting and directing including that of Castle fans. Rent if curious but certainly not worth purchasing.Published 11 months ago by Arabella Cintron